This course is accredited for 6.0 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST.
Pedestrian crashes are perhaps the most difficult to investigate and reconstruct, because of the scarcity of evidence. Through video lectures from a motor vehicle crash expert, this course examines the science that supports pedestrian crash reconstruction and follow-up efforts. Course topics include:
- Location of impact
- Pre-crash movement of the pedestrian
- Methods for estimating vehicle speed
- Speed from skid mark evidence
- ABS evidence
- Pedestrian throw equations
- Pedestrian head strikes on the vehicle
- The use of digital evidence from the EDR
- A discussion of various attacks on the evidence or speed estimates that may be used by defense experts
With clear, easy-to-understand explanations that build credibility for the officer when integrated into trial testimony, the course includes numerous examples and analogies to help officers better and understand significant scientific concepts. All materials are delivered with an emphasis on “plain speak,” a signature of Prof. Kwasnoski’s presentation style. The successful investigation and prosecution of a pedestrian crash may include issues that are not part of the ordinary at-scene checklist of evidence, and this course provides critical concepts to help officers employ scientific principles in furtherance of their investigations.